Review by Adam M on March 3, 2020.
Xenobiotic perform a very interesting take on progressive death metal that has some slight deathcore influences thrown in. They have a neat style that is original and very powerful. The introduction of deathcore influences makes them even more punishing than they would be otherwise. There are a ton of interweaving passages of majestic progressive death metal bliss here, but they are broken up by the deathcore moments that are so much more powerful than on releases by bands only in that genre. The combination of sounds makes for a compelling concoction that is one of the best things I’ve heard from the metal genre this year. It’s still not perfect because the band could be tighter and perform songs a little better, but this is still high quality stuff for certain.
There is a feeling that the band are putting their best foot forward and crafting some truly unique and involving music. It manages to push the death metal genre in new directions that are very interesting indeed. If the songs were a little more consistent, this would be an even more consuming collection. Still, this is an uncompromising collection of songs that hits interesting notes time and time again even though it isn’t as consistent as it could be. Fans of bands like Decapitated and Cryptopsy will find a lot to like here as will most death metal fans in general. The guitar riffs on this album are deadly and have a powerful impact to them. It is this aspect that is most compelling of all the instruments present. The drumming is still very solid as well.
All in all, the band comes together to craft something that is truly mind-bending and worthy of your attention. Mordrake gets a high recommendation to fans of progressive death metal, but most metal fans should find something to like here.
Rating: 7.8 out of 10246